Ensemble: Culottes and Moto Vest

This ensemble was inspired by an outfit in the Banana Republic lookbook, which I thought was a very fashionable way to sport Summer business casual. You could also wear the outfit out to lunch or dinner. Or out and about with a more casual pair of shoes because there is life after jeans.

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Fashion News Roundup: Week 17, 2015

Kohl’s next design collaboration, an Adidas sustainability initiative, and other fashion news that made headlines this week. Adidas is partnering with the Parley for the Oceans initiative to develop fibres made from marine plastic waste. … 4

Link Love: Going Green

In honour of Earth Day yesterday, I’m sharing some eco-friendly links and articles about sustainability initiatives that caught my attention. Los Angeles-based clothing brand Reformation has launched RefScale, a system that tracks the … 7

Rethinking High-Rise Jeans

I prefer low-rise jeans and trousers because I find the fit more comfortable around my midsection. I remember wearing baggy and pleated high-rise jeans in the ‘80s and persevering with that stiff fabric digging into my waist, especially … 54

Transitioning Your Feet into Summer Footwear

My feet need time to get used to Spring and Summer footwear styles after an Autumn and Winter of comfortable, cushioning socks and hosiery. I’ve found that it helps to have a strategy for transitioning into footwear that exposes more of … 42

The Low-Slung Belted Tunic

A black, white and cognac outfit recently caught my eye at two different Banana Republic stores. The fluid black eyelet tunic was combined with white skinny jeans, a low-slung cognac belt and black sandals. The graphic integrity of the black and … 61

An Unexpected End to My Search for White Flares

I love my faded blue Love Story bellbot.....sp;and Greg does too. They were a wild card at the time I bought them, filling a “fancy jeans” wardrobe hole. The degree to which I enjoy wearing them was unexpected, … 65

Fashion News Roundup: Week 16, 2015

Catherine Malandrino receives a prestigious award, the making of a Met Ball documentary, a new Nike collaboration, and more style news from around the world this week. Carine Roitfeld and Uniqlo are teaming up for a 40-piece womenswear … 8

Mum on the Go: Casual Vest, Tee & Bottoms

This outfit combination was inspired by three looks from Nordstrom. They combine a T-shirt with a pair of casual bottoms, denim vest and casual … 54

Link Love: A Plus-Size Perspective

The Business of Fashion is currently running an interesting series on why the fashion industry is ignoring the plus-size market. Have a look at: Plus-Size Is a Huge Growth Opportunity, Reaping Plus-Size Rewards Online, Serving Women of All Sizes … 11

Graphic Spring Layers and an Old Trench

I’ve worn this outfit three times in one month because of its high happiness factor. It is not the most conventionally flattering combination, but I feel fab wearing it because it’s graphic, comfortable, bold, and slightly playful. … 77

Welcome to the New Look of YLF

As I’m sure you have noticed, this morning we started the next leg of YLF’s style journey with a completely refreshed design. Greg has been working on this for a few months and Inge and I have been testing it for a few weeks. It was … 78

Fashion News Roundup: Week 15, 2015

Uniqlo is coming to Seattle, ASOS is launching a line of bridesmaid dresses, pre-orders for the Apple Watch started today, and other news from the fashion trenches this week. Angie was excited to hear that Uniqlo is coming to Seattle. Stores in … 12

Capsule: Summer Casual Wear

This capsule was inspired by a very casual warm weather look that I recently created with a client who will be off from work and spending Summer … 55

Link Love: Dressing the Part

With so many forum members absolutely killing it in our Favourite Fashion Era Outfit Challenge on the forum this week, I thought it would be fun to share a few costume design-themed links: From That ’70s Show to The Knick, Refinery29 … 7

Style Shift: When Intuition is the Enemy of Change

The current leg of my style journey involves some quite significant changes. As I mentioned earlier this year, I want to amp up the feminine integrity of my outfits with tailoring, visible softness, lighter colours and pretty items. The obvious … 63

Fab Finds: Playful Casual Tops

These casual tops were winners on my clients last week. Some look fab with skinnies and leggings, while others look equally good with shorts, flares and skirts. Many are available in an assortment of colours, so if the colour I chose is not to … 16

Making Sense of Culottes

Culottes have been a fringe trend for four years, and are finally getting mainstream traction. They are appealing because they combine the visual read of a skirt with the practicality of trousers. There are lots of styles in … 78

Happy Ninth Birthday YouLookFab!

Nine years and one day since we posted the first post on YLF and I’m still constantly surprised at the way things have turned out. I went from a career as a specialist retail buyer to being a fashion stylist to individual clients and the … 127

Fashion News Roundup: Week 14, 2015

Net-a-Porter is merging with Yoox, an exhibition featuring high-end mannequins, Chanel branching out into e-commerce, and more style news that made the headlines this week. Australian Uniqlo fans: Sydney is getting two new stores of over 1000 … 13

Ensemble: Burgundy, Orange and White

This ensemble was inspired by DVF’s Camden Floral Print Silk Top. Combining burnt orange and burgundy with white works really well. The … 43

Fab Finds at Banana Republic: 40% Off

Some of my clients have done well refreshing their Spring wardrobes at Banana Republic. All items here are tried and tested and most are 40% off until Sunday if you use the code “BRGOOD”. Be sure to browse through the colours because … 15

Link Love: Swimsuit Season

We are in the middle of swimwear season, so if you need a new bathing suit this year and like to have options, now’s the time to start looking. Here are some tips and ideas to get you started: Refinery29 has a roundup of The Raddest … 5

New Feature: Random Outfit Generator

Having a wardrobe full of fabulous clothing, footwear and accessories is one thing, but putting it all together to create fabulous outfits is quite another. It’s here, at the outfit creation phase, that many of my clients get stuck. … 123

March Recap: Spring has Sprung

March is all about the arrival of Spring, and that is reflected in our monthly recap. It was also a bumper month for outfit inspiration with Inge covering three outstanding outfit bloggers. Also, three ensembles, one capsule and lots of other … 2

Fashion News Roundup: Week 13, 2015

A Karl Lagerfeld exhibition opening in Bonn, a documentary about Iris Apfel, a closer look at the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection, and other news from the style trenches this week. To commemorate Alexander McQueen, the fashion house is … 9

Ensemble: Black, White and Light Blue

I mentioned in a recent post about pastels that I enjoy the soft shades combined with black and white together. That way you keep the bold … 50

Link Love: The Gingham Trend

It was clear from the runway shows in September that gingham would be having a moment again this Spring. While I haven’t yet seen many gingham pieces in the stores in my neck of the woods, the pretty checks are all over the internet: Why … 17

Troubleshooting Tips for Leg Shortening Cropped Pants

Cropped pants have been mainstream for three years and there is no stopping the trend for Spring and Summer. Note that by cropped pants I mean lengths that finish just above the ankle bone or a few inches above it. They come in a wide variety of … 71

Footwear Roundup: Comfy Flats

The comfortable footwear trends continue, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it. My favourite heel heights are up to an inch and a half, with the ideal being one inch. I don’t like my flats too flat either, because those lack … 47

Shopping for Complete Outfits

Most of us shop for individual items. Even when we buy several items in one shopping session, they often don’t work together. While we (hopefully) do have outfits in mind, the pieces we will pair them with are in our closet at home. … 84

Fashion News Roundup: Week 12, 2015

A Bergdorf Goodman cookbook, Sorel launching an outerwear collection, Vince opening more stand-alone stores in the US, and other fashion news that made the rounds this week. Sorel is launching an outerwear collection for Fall/Winter 2015. Vince … 14

Ensemble: Drapey Black with Leggings

Some of my clients like to wear very dark outfits in warm weather, which is why the Eileen Fisher looks caught my eye. The point is to create a … 72

Link Love: The Spring Shoe Edition

With the weather warming up, and Angie talking about footwear trends for Spring 2015, I know I’m not the only one eager to add a few pairs of fun peds to my Spring wardrobe. So I thought I’d share some footwear roundups today: … 16

Sea Foam and Wild Cards for Spring

For as long as I can remember, Autumn has been my favourite season. But two years of stunning Spring weather in Seattle have allowed it to claim the top spot. The trees are blossoming, the sun is out, the weather is mild, and the birds have lots … 126

Team Pointy Toes or Team Square Toes

This poll was inspired by the ‘90s footwear styles that are trending for Spring 2015. In the ’90s square toes were extremely popular and quite the change to the pointy toe styles of the ‘80s. Square toe boxes are forgiving … 86

Fashion News Roundup: Week 11, 2015

A new Raf Simons documentary is coming to US theatres, J.Crew opens its first store in Paris, an interesting Target collection, and more style-related stories from around the globe. J.Crew just opened its first womenswear store in Paris. A … 9

Capsule: Smart Casual Office Wear for Spring

I recently worked with a client who wanted to relax her corporate business casual look for Spring. So we refreshed her wardrobe by building a smart casual mix-and-match capsule in black and white with splashes of jewel tones. The bottoms and … 48

Link Love: The Bandana Is Back

From “flandanas” — the fleece-lined bandana that adds extra warmth — to versions in silk or cotton, the bandana made a regular appearance on the catwalks and streets during last month’s Fashion Weeks. Popsugar … 17

Nine ’90s Inspired Footwear Trends

It’s fun to see fashion turn full circle with a line-up of footwear trends that were all the rage a couple of decades ago. Some styles, like the toe mules, were fashionable as recently as fourteen years ago, which meant that they had a … 74

Straight Leg Cuts 101

Generally speaking, straight legs are roomier on the lower leg than skinnies, but generally not as wide as bootcuts. More specifically, retailers call the cut a “straight leg” cut if some portion of the seam is cut in a straight … 48

Six Fab Finds for a Small Office Wear Capsule

These pieces are suitable for a business casual office, but they look just as fab dressed down with a pair of jeans or a denim jacket. Be sure to look at all the colour options.  It’s great to see short tailored jackets in stores … 27

Maintaining an Optimally Sized Wardrobe

There is no one wardrobe size to rule them all because of all the variables involved. I listed seven important ones last week: climate, lifestyle, need for variety, closet space, purging guilt, budget, and the degree to which fashion is a hobby … 77

Fashion News Roundup: Week 10, 2015

Kate Spade is branching out into furniture, an interesting collaboration from the American Museum of Natural History, a major Oscar de la Renta retrospective in San Francisco, and more style news that made the rounds this week. Christophe … 15

Ensemble: Olive and Black

This ensemble was inspired by a casual street style look I pinned for some of my clients. Olive bottoms can be hard to match, but they generally … 67

Link Love: Upcoming Designers

At The Telegraph, Susie Lau wrote a piece about the new wave of Japanese designers to invest in now. Ecosalon presents 3 Fashion Tech Startups to Watch. The Huffington Post is currently doing a miniseries called Fabrications, “that … 10

Variables that Affect the Size of Your Wardrobe

Just like there is no one way to be stylish, there is no one wardrobe size to rule them all. There are at least seven variables that impact the number of items in your wardrobe.  Climate You will need a larger variety of clothing, footwear … 73

Tomato & Turquoise for Spring

My style is shifting, and although I don’t have a clear picture of exactly where I want it to go, I know I want a bit of change. First, I’m not enjoying the spike in my hair as much as before, so I’ve been wearing it flat and … 90

Big Shopbop Sale

Shopbop is having a sale until March 7, offering a discount on your overall purchase (including full price and sale items) depending on the amount that you spend. I had a quick browse through their brand new stock and here are some of the items … 12

The Levi’s 501: Then and Now

Levi’s 501s go down as one of the most iconic pairs of jeans of all time. The style has a rich history spanning 140 years, but it had a period of unprecedented popularity from the late ‘80s to the mid ‘90s. By 1999, Time … 55